||New York| Charles Carneglia
Birth: 1946 - New York
Charles Carneglia is a reputed soldier and hitman for the Gambino family. He is currently serving a life sentence for racketeering and murder.
The Albert Gelb assassination
Charles Carneglia was born in Brooklyn New York to Italian immigrants. At an early age Carneglia showed himself as a retaliating teenager and started to work for the Gambino family. In 1969 he, his older brother John and Angelo Ruggiero were arrested for hijacking 3 trucks in New Jersey. The trucks were carrying $120,000 worth of merchandise. In 1975 Carneglia and some friends, who came back from the weddingparty of Tommy Desimone, were at a diner and started to harass a waitress. Albert Gelb, an off duty police officer saw it happen and arrested Carneglia for his behaviour. During the arrest he also discovered that Carneglia carried a gun. Witnesses recalled Carneglia yelling "I will get you for this" to Gelb. Gelb soon started to recieve death threats from Carneglia and his associates, warning him not to testify at his trial, but the young police officer was not intimidated. On March 11, 1976, Albert Gelb was found shot to death behind the wheel of his car. He had 3 bullet wounds in his chest and face and was found only a few yards from his house. The murder however would remain unsolved for over 30 years.
Murder and disposal
In 1977 Carneglia ambushed and killed Gambino associate Michael Cotillo (b.1952) by stabbing him to death. A couple of years later, in 1983, he murdered Salvatore Puma (b.1965), also by using a knife. In 1990 he was responsible for the murder of Jose Delgado Rivera, an armored car driver, during a heist at JFK airport. That same year he killed Louis DiBono, a murder which according to prosecutors also meant him being made into the family. Later on, during Carneglia's trial several turncoats revealed that Carneglia oftenly made remarks and jokes about his victims. In court witness Peter Zucarro also mentioned that Carneglia was given the task to dispose mob victims in his junkyard. By this he used a lethal substance of acid. It is believed that one of these victims was John Favarra, the former neighbour of John Gotti who unintentionally killed Gotti's first-born child during a car accident.
During the 1980's Carneglia became associated with John Gotti and Gambino underboss Aniello Dellacroce. In 1985 he and Dellacroce's son Armond were indicted for racketeering conspiracy. Dellacroce pleaded guilty but failed to appear in Federal court for sentencing on March 31, 1986. Also Carneglia went on the lam and became a fugitive. In 1988 Armond was found dead in his house after he died due to alcoholic cirrhosis.
Arrest and conviction
In February 2008 the FBI made a large bust on New Yorks Mafia and arrested several mob members and associates. Amongst them Gambino acting boss John D'Amico and underboss Domenico Cefalu. Also Carneglia was arrested and would be charged with 5 of the 7 murders contributed to a total of 62 arrested men. The FBI had gattered evidence against Carneglia and were able to convict him for racketeering and murder. In September 2009 he was found guilty for the murder of 4 men and was sentenced to life. While hearing the sentence he protested saying "Liar upon liar testified against me". His lawyer also claimed his client couldn't be a mob hitman because he had a drinking problem. Although he was convicted for several killings, he wasn't convicted for the murder of Albert Gelb because according to one witnesses account he didn't look like the killer.
(Source: "Fugitive in a Mafia Case Turns Up Dead" NYtimes, April 7, 1988; "Mob figure is sentenced to life for four killings" NYtimes, September 18, 2009; nydailynews.com, blogclinic.blogspot.com, files.wordpress.com)
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